Certificate in Spiritual DirectionNeed Direction  Jesus is the way  John 14:6

Students who desire more extensive preparation in the area of Christian Spirituality and who feel called to serve as Certified Spiritual Directors should seek the Certificate in Spiritual Direction. By the completion of this certificate program students will be able to:

    • Articulate the role that history and theology of spirituality play in various faith traditions and Christianity as a whole.
    • Explain the role of spirituality in life and ministry, including both individual and corporate dimensions.
    • Integrate the study of spirituality into the practice of ministry.
    • Integrate the disciplines of spirituality into life.
    • Exhibit the ability to spiritually direct individuals and groups with integrity, discernment, and sound theological principles.


Course Requirements (28 hours) – Certificate in Spiritual Direction
Introduction to Christian Spirituality CS 501 4
Spiritual Disciplines and Practices CS 510 3
Systems Thinking in Ministry Settings CS 640 3
Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality CS 650 3
History of Christian Spirituality CS 664 3
Christian Devotional Classics CS 665 3
Techniques of Spiritual Direction  CS 767         3
Spiritual Direction Practicum*                       CS 780/781 6

*The Spiritual Direction Handbook, requiring background checks, liability insurance, personal spiritual direction sessions, supervisor information, and more, is available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.